Consumer Reports Article Recommends that Diabetics Avoid Using Actos Based on Potential for Developing Bladder Cancer, the Consumer Justice Foundation Reports

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The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of consumer advocates provides free online educational resources to individuals regarding the potential dangers of using certain prescription medications, has a Web site URL that is located at http://www.sideeffectsrx.com. The CJF hereby alerts the pubic of a recent article published in Consumer Reports magazine that advises individuals with diabetes to avoid using Actos or generic equivalents because of concerns regarding Actos side effects that can include the development of bladder cancer.

The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates provides informational online updates regarding the potential dangers of using certain prescription medications, hereby alerts the public of a recent article published in Consumer Reports magazine that states that individuals who have diabetes and who use medication to treat it symptoms should avoid using Actos and its new generic equivalents because of the potential for Actos side effects that include bladder cancer.

Specifically, the article was published in Consumer Reports magazine on August 21, 2012 and the article was entitled, “New generic version of the diabetes drug Actos is one 'bargain' to avoid.” The article was published because, according to the report, the FDA had approved two new generic versions of Actos during the previous week. This prompted the magazine to release an article that reviewed the quality of these medications in the opinion of that publication, particularly the quality of pioglitazone, the active ingredient in both Actos and the new generic equivalents.

The article stated that, “we say skip Actos as both a generic and brand-name medication, unless other options have not worked. Pioglitazone can cause serious side effects, such as an increased risk of heart failure, bone fractures, and bladder cancer.” In the ‘Bottom Line’ section of the article, the writers at Consumer Reports state that, “Our medical advisers say that people with diabetes should use pioglitazone, generic or brand-name Actos, only as a last resort. If you're on the drug, ask your doctor if it's absolutely necessary and if you should switch to another drug.”

Actos is a Type 2 diabetes medication that is manufactured and distributed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. It was originally approved for use of treatment of the symptoms associated with Type 2 diabetes by the FDA in 1999, and it was supposed to be prescribed along with a strict diet and a regiment of exercise.

About the Consumer Justice Foundation    

The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site can be found at http://www.consumerjusticefoundation.com, is a for-profit organization that serves two purposes for consumers: (1) to provide educational information regarding the policies and procedures of large corporations and how they affect the average consumer; and (2) to provide news updates and resources that continue to update consumers regarding developments taken by corporations that include pharmaceutical drug companies, auto manufacturers and insurance companies so that consumers who have been harmed can use these informational resources to connect to an experienced professional who can help them. The team at the Consumer Justice Foundation is staffed by experienced and passionate consumer advocates whose mission is to raise the awareness of issues that could pose a risk of harm to those who may not otherwise be aware of the dangers they face.

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